Day: June 14, 2022

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1961 DeSoto Hardtop Coupe

1961 DeSoto Hardtop Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2019 issue of  Collectible Automobile magazine

The writing was on the wall for DeSoto in the late Fifties. In 1958, DeSoto production plummeted from 117,514 to 49,445. It was a bad year for almost every make, but DeSoto fell harder than most. Later that year, DeSoto lost its dedicated factories as production moved to Chrysler’s Jefferson Avenue plant. In late 1959, the DeSoto Division was folded into Plymouth. 

Chrysler Corporation converted its car lines (except Imperial) from conventional body-on-frame to unibody construction for the 1960 model year. This required a huge investment and many experts didn’t expect ailing DeSoto to make the jump, but Chrysler gave it another chance. However, the DeSoto range was trimmed from four series on 126- and 122-inch wheelbases to two ranges on the 122-inch chassis. Station wagons and convertibles disappeared from the

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2023 Ferrari Le Mans Hypercar, 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V, 2023 BMW M2: Today’s Car News

Ferrari has provided a first look at its new race car being developed for the premier Hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship. The new Ferrari is being developed to meet Le Mans Hypercar rules and is expected to inspire a road car that will serve as a successor to the LaFerrari.

Cadillac’s Escalade has been given the V treatment for 2023. The full-size SUV packs the same 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 as the CT5-V Blackwing, but with even more horsepower. We’re talking 682 hp here. Find out what that’s like from behind the wheel in our full review.

BMW launched a redesigned 2-Series coupe last year and in October we’ll see the new M2 variant. BMW is holding back on most of the specs until the debut but has confirmed the car will offer similar performance to the former M2 CS limited edition.

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New car buyers going smaller, cheaper and greener

The latest new car registrations published yesterday showed yet another month of falling sales, along with the inevitable doom and gloom messages from within the industry. But there are actually at least three positive messages to take from the numbers.

According to data published this week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), private new car registrations were down 10% in May compared to the same month last year. Combined with fleet registrations being down by 30%, this meant the overall market was down by just over 20% – and a long way down on pre-pandemic levels.

This should come as no surprise to anyone as the 2020/21 theme of Covid shutdowns and the 2021/22 theme of supply chain shortages have now been joined by the 2022 theme of escalating costs of living, all of which are combining to limit new car sales.

However, there are three silver

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Electric car mandate: California air board questions cost, practicality | State & Regional

Members of California’s Air Resources Board on Thursday questioned the practicalities of their staff’s proposal to ban gasoline-powered vehicles, raising concerns over challenges in buying and charging electric cars. 

Air Board Chair Liane Randolph asked staff to find more strategies to ensure that the state’s proposed mandate includes strong equity measures so that low-income residents face fewer barriers buying electric cars. 

At a public hearing that stretched on for nine hours in Sacramento, auto company representatives, environmentalists and car owners showed up in droves to voice their concerns. Some said the rapid transition could harm the disadvantaged communities it aims to help, while others said the air board needs to take bolder action to address air pollution. 

The rules would mandate increased sales of electric or other zero-emission vehicles in California, beginning with 35% of 2026 models. In 2035 sales of all new gas-powered cars would be

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